The December 2008 meeting was called to order at 0900 hours by President Jimmy Chavez at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve & Conference center located at 1431 East Dunlap, Phoenix, Arizona.  President Chavez began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.


President                         Jimmy Chavez

Immediate past President          Andy Swann

Executive Officer                 Pat Eagan

D-1                               Dave Stopke

D-2 & Northern

Vice President (Proxy)            Jim Bee

D-3 & Recording Secretary         Jim Bee

District 4                        Ed Simpson

D-8                               Kevin McNichols

D-9                               Chris Lentz

D-11                              Bert Cheney

D-12                              Nathan Teel

D-13 (Metro East)                 Bill Rogers

D-15                              Matt Rosemeyer

D-16                              John Smith

Executive Vice President

& OCI (Proxy)                     Dave Schroder

OCN II (Proxy)                    Kevin McNichols

Civilian Northern Zone (Proxy)    Celina Murrieta-Gonzales

Civilian Central Zone I           Mike Sloneker

Civilian Zone II                  Vicki Williams

Civilian Southern Zone &

Southern Vice President           Celina Murrieta-Gonzales

Retired Central Zone (Proxy)      J.R. Ham

Retired Southern Zone             J.R. Ham

Retired Civilian                  Betty Gallery

Treasurer                         Dave Schroder

Asst. Treasurer &

Ring Coordinator (Proxy)          Dave Schroder


Executive Secretary               Colleen Girard

Legal Counsel                     Greg Robinson

Lobbyist                          Nicole LaSlavic

Legal Services                    Jan Feltz

Financial Advisor                 Thomas Jonovich

Jeff Munster


Greg Girard

Dennis Isaacson

Fritz Renter

James Harnack

Bruce Flickeinger

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Bob Mitchell

Coe Mitchell

Phil Case

George Bernal (New Mexico State Patrol Association)


Flowers – Bill Whitlow, Badge 20

K. Merrill Burk, Badge 852

Thank You Letters – Sarah Broan

Steve Kevorkian

Kris Smith

Dustin Wiley

G.T. Wiley

Stacy Scouten

N. Acevedo




Samuel Salinas #7204


David L. Thompson #3360


Sworn: none

Civilian: none


Tom J. Norton




Ms. Jeanne Drouillard, Badge 153, passed away on November 5th.  Ms. Drouillard was a dispatcher and the first women communication supervisor at the Department.  She retired in 1983.

Retired Bill Whitlow, Badge 20, passed away on November 8th.

Retiree K. Merrill Burk, Badge 852 passed away on November 15th.

Ms. Diane Martin, mother-in-law of Carl Cooper, Badge 5918 passed away on November 29th.

Ms. Patti Sullivan, sister of Marla Schrecengost, Badge 5827 passed away on November 29th.

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Mr. David Quezada, brother of Retiree Benjamin Quezada, passed away on December 2nd.

Mr. Kevin Tijerina, son-in-law of Lt. Jeff King, passed away on December 9, after an illness.

Bob Gilbert’s father passed away on December 13.

Lt. Larry Perry”s father passed away


This year 128 Police Officers have died in the line of duty.  Sixteen Officers have died since the last meeting:

Four were killed in vehicle collisions

Three were killed after being struck by vehicles

Two were killed during vehicle pursuits

Two were killed by gunfire

Two were killed by a bomb

One was killed in a motorcycle collision

One was killed by vehicular assault

One was killed in a helicopter accident

Eight were from Municipal Agencies

Four were from County Agencies

Three were from State Agencies (Oregon State Police, California Highway Patrol, & Arkansas Game & Fish Commission)

One was from a U.S. Government Agency (Department of Justice – FBI)

All sixteen were male

1)  Police Officer Nathaniel Burnfield

South Strabane Township, P.D., Pennsylvania

Age 27     Years of Service 5

Killed Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Struck by vehicle

2)  Police Officer Charles Skinner

North Salt Lake City P.D., Utah

Age 30   Years of Service 6 months

Killed Friday, November 7, 2008

Vehicle pursuit

3)  Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Canfield

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, California

Age 43     Years of Service 13

Killed Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Motorcycle collision

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4) Sergeant Monty Carmikle

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Age 45 Years of Service 23

Killed Sunday, November 16, 2008

Aircraft accident

5) Sergeant Timothy Simpson

Philadelphia P.D., Pennsylvania

Age 46    Years of Service 20

Killed Monday, November 17, 2008

Vehicle assault

6) Special Agent Samuel Hicks

United States Department of Justice –

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Age 33     Years of Service 3 years, 6 months

Killed Wednesday, November 19, 2008


7)  Police Officer Alex Del Rio

Hollywood P.D., Florida

Age 31   Years of Service 9

Killed Saturday, November 22, 2008

Automobile Collision

8) Deputy Sheriff Nick Pham

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Florida

Age 38     Years of Service 4

Killed Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Automobile collision

9) Sheriff Brent Lee

Trinity County Sheriff’s Department, Texas

Age 58     Years of Service 30

Killed Thursday, November 27, 2008

Vehicle pursuit

10) Reserve Officer Curtis Jones

New Orleans P.D., Louisiana

Age 74    Years of Service N/A

Killed Saturday, November 29, 2008

Automobile collision

11) Police Officer Robert Davis

San Antonio P.D., Texas

Age 26    Years of Service 1

Killed Monday, December 1, 2008

Struck by vehicle

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12) Police Officer Timothy Abernethy

Houston P.D., Texas

Age 43     Years of Service 11

Killed Sunday, December 7, 2008


13) Deputy Sheriff Brian Denning

Summer County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee

Age 36     Years of Service 12

Killed Monday, December 8, 2008

Automobile collision

14) Captain Tom Tennant

Woodburn P.D., Oregon

Age 51     Years of Service 28 years,4 months

Killed Friday, December 12, 2008


15) Senior Trooper William Hakim

Oregon State Police

Age 51     Years of Service 11 years,5 months

Killed Saturday, December 13, 2008


16) Officer Joseph Sanders

California Highway Patrol

Age 29     Years of Service 1 year,2 months

Killed Monday, December 15, 2008

Struck by vehicle

For more information on these officers, refer to www.odmp

[Officer Down Memorial Page])



Seat New Board Members & Proxies

New District 9 rep Chris Lentz was seated. Motion from Vicki Williams, seconded by Nate Teel to accept the consent agenda.  Motion Carried.


Phil Case gave a short history of the Department’s budget to the Board.  Goals of the Executive staff:

a)  minimum the impact on Public safety

b)  maximize the efficiently of the Department

c)  preserve employee jobs

d)  preserve the base salaries of our employees

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The Department has conducted 4 rounds of budget cuts:

1)   Given back $10 million from GITEM

2)   Given back $5 million from Photo enforcement cost

3)   Department in total hiring freeze

4)   February cadet class cancelled

5)   May cadet class pending cancelled

6)   Tuition reimbursement suspended

7)   Leave amortization cancelled

8)   Secondary language pay cancelled

9)   Overtime budget reduced by 5%

10) Each Division looking at 6% cut

11) Fleet replacement cut by 20%

Department is trying to hire an procurement manager.


Dennis gave a summary of the golf committee and tournament to the Board.  The 2009 tournament will be held on June 13, 2009 at the Antelope golf course in Prescott.  Room rates at the Prescott Resort will remain the same as last year.  Cost of the tournament will be $85.00 for members & $110.00 for non-members. Contract with Antelope Hills is through 2010.  Golf committee is looking for new members to take over after 2010.  Entire committee will be retiring.  Anyone interested in taking over contact Dennis.


Greg Robinson, Bob & Coe Mitchell addressed the Board on the DPS Museum be located at the southeast corner of the Encanto Plaza complex, located west of the Headquarters building.  Meeting of the committee will be held on December 18th to start ground work.  For further information contact Coe Mitchell at


Nicole LaSlavic addressed the Board on next year’s propriety:

1)  Protect the Department’s money in the budget

2)  Redaction for internet

a)  includes civilian’s & retirees


Jan Feltz addressed the Board on two issues:

a)  One matter will have a settlement instead of a hearing

b)  Working on several medical retirements


Greg Robinson reported to the Board on several issues:

1)  Collection started on Default judgment awarded on Paul Sennett’s outstanding loan from the Chandler Justice Court.

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2)  Theodore Edwards contacted Greg about lawsuit, wanted to give $100.00 per month towards amount on 2 outstanding loans.  Lawsuit moving forward.

3)  Will attend tomorrow’s meeting on Department’s museum for set-up on 501C3 IRS account.

4)  By-laws posted on the Association’s website


General Checking:                $ 151, 7788.07

Savings:                         $   56,721.31

Merchandise:                     $    9,309.60

Bass:                            $    1,691.59

Rodeo:                           $   15,391.22

Golf:                            $   26,432.31

Raffle:                          $   26,544.16

Charities:                       $    9,486.60

PAC                              $   27,844.41

Heber – AHPA Cabin               $    1,617.51

Merrill Lynch                    $ 354,618.00

Monument Account                 $   13,777.10

– $311.90 Bruce Harrolle name plate

Snedaker Account (Originally)    $   40,084.00

– $1000.00 Leigh Whitlow

(Remaining)     $   16,467.24

Funding Requests (Budgeted)      $    5,000.00


July 2008                                 0.00

August                                  713.44

September                                 0.00

October                                   0.00

November                                  0.00

Balance                             $ 4,286.56

Sick & Distressed (Budgeted)     $    4,000.00


July 2008                                 0.00

August                                  250.00

September                                 0.00

October                                   0.00

November                                  0.00

Balance                             $ 3,750.00


Dave Schroder advised the Board that all work on the main cabin and Association cabin is completed, except for the new security

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door on the cabin, which was a special order. Dave passed around pictures of the work, which will be posted on the website.

Dave Schroder advised the Board on the new Association rings.  The men’s civilian ring is completed which he had a sample to pass around.  Sworn men’s ring will be started.  Ring orders will be started in February.  New ring order forms will be completed with anyone who has already ordered a ring being contacted about these changes before their ring is ordered.


Colleen Girard advised the Board that the raffle had 3280 tickets sold.


District 12 – Nate Teel advised that several officers attended the memorial service for Bill Whitlow.

Sworn Retiree’s – J.R. Ham reported that the Retiree Coalition donated $2000.00 towards the DPS museum.  Out of 650 members there are 350 Association members.

District 8 – Kevin McNichols reported that one former member has asked about the 2nd chance program.  On January 10th there will be a Manny Tapia clean-up day conducted.

District 9 – Chris Lentz reported that Bobby is back home from California; the Department is looking into which tests they would require for him to go back to work.

Civilian Southern – Celina Murrieta-Gonzales reported that several Dispatchers will be taking part in the Christmas bears in Tucson next week.

District 3 – Jim Bee reported that Lt. Larry Parks will be taking over for retiring Lt. Jack Johnson in January.  Christmas bears will be delivered at the Winslow hospital, the Hope House & Summit Regional Medical Hospital in Show Low, and the Safe house in Pinetop on Christmas Eve.


President Chavez addressed the Board on a possible conflict of interest with our Lobbyist William’s & Associates, with the insurance carve-out.  They represent United Health Care, who is our current provider thru the State.  President Chavez wanted the Board to approve his selection of another Lobbyist firm to represent the Association during the carve-out process.  Motion made by Matt Rosemeyer, seconded by Bert Chaney to approve this search.  Motion carried

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President Chavez also advised the Board that radio station KDKB along with the Hooters restaurants are collecting stuffed animals for the Association to be used by our Officers as trauma animals.


President Chavez addressed the Board on an ongoing conflict within the Arizona Police Association (APA). The conflict is with the Phoenix Police Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) and the Phoenix Police Sgt. & Lt. Association (PPSLA).  PLEA submitted a resolution to the APA to have PPSLA reduced from a full member to being an auxiliary member without voting rights.


Kevin McNichols made a motion to fund $200.00 towards refreshments for the Manny Tapia cleanup, seconded by Bill Rogers.  Motion carried

Kevin McNichols made a motion to fund $500.00 towards a memorial for Tucson P.D. Officer Erik Hite, on behalf of the Bear Canyon Neighborhood Association. Motion died for lack of second.  Kevin then made a motion to fund $200.00 towards the memorial.  Motion seconded by Celina Murrieta-Gonzales.  Motion failed



Next meeting will be held on January 21,2009  at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve & Reception Center at 1431 East Dunlap. Phoenix, Arizona.  Meeting will start at 0900 hours.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jim Bee, Recording Secretary

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